Governors Current Affairs

Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik given additional charge as Governor of Odisha

President Ram Nath Kovind has given Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik (72) additional charge of Odisha until regular arrangements are made. He was given additional charge after incumbent governor S C Jamir completed his five-year tenure. The five-time Chief Minister of Nagaland S C Jamir had taken over as Odisha governor in March 2013 after serving as governor of Goa and Maharashtra. He had also been given additional charge of Gujarat in 2009.

Satya Pal Malik

He hails from Baghpat district in western Uttar Pradesh. He had begun his political career in 1970s as member of UP Legislative Assembly between 1974 and 1977. He was elected from Aligarh Lok Sabha constituency on Janata Dal ticket in 1989-90. He also served as a member of Rajya Sabha for two terms of 1980-86 and 1986-1992. He has also served as MoS for Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism. He has also served in several Parliamentary Committees. He was also member of Uttar Pradesh Assembly from 1974 to 1977.

Constitutional provisions of Governor

Article 153: It says that there shall be Governor for each state. But 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 facilitated appointment of same person as a governor for two or more states.

Article 156: Governor is appointed by President for term of 5 years but usually holds office during pleasure of President. There is no provision of impeachment, as it happens for the president.


Committee of Governors submits report to President

The Committee of Governors submitted its report ‘Rajyapal –VikasKeRajdoot: Catalytic Role of Governors as Agents for Change in Society’ to President Ram NathKovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The Committee was constituted by President during 48th Conference of Governors in October 2017 to examine role of Governors in taking forward the developmental process. It comprises ESL Narasimhan (Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), BanwarilalPurohit, (Governor of Tamil Nadu), Ram Naik (Governor of Uttar Pradesh), Tathagata Roy (Governor of Tripura) and Acharya Devvrat (Governor of Himachal Pradesh)

Report Highlights

Committee of Governors in its report has described an action-outcome framework to be adopted by Raj Bhavans in their role as change agents and lists out potential priorities. It also emphasizes identifying priority areas along with activities that can help realise objectives of SarvShrest Bharat (paramount India). It suggests that Governors can play mentoring role in overall implementation of developmental schemes in their states.